It’s become a habit.
Whenever Boone Central girls golf teams need to step up their game and meet the challenge in state competition, they do.
Boy, do they ever!
After defeating defending Class C champion Kearney Catholic by 13 strokes in a 2009 state event shortened to one day by inclement weather, Boone Central scored a repeat in 2010 by overcoming a seven-stroke opening-day deficit to top runner-up G.I. Central Catholic by 17 strokes.
The current Cardinals, tied with Valentine after the first day of the 2011 tournament and leading Wayne by only two strokes, blitzed the field by 25 strokes last Tuesday for its third consecutive Class C championship at Quail Run Golf Course in Columbus.
“It’s awesome. I guess that’s the only word I can say, awesome,” said beaming Cardinal Coach Dennis Walters.
Boone Central was led by a pair of seniors and a junior that have been members of all three title teams.
Senior Britany Seda, tournament gold medalist five times and never lower than third in 2011, concluded her superb season by breaking the school 36-hole scoring record (162) and matching the best state tournament finish in Cardinal history (2nd). Junior Amy Ahlers, medalist in the Wayne Invite, three times runner-up to Seda and never out of the top three of a tournament prior to district, placed fifth among state tourney golfers (173). Senior Breann Thorberg gave the Cardinals a superb performance in the #3 position, finishing just three strokes away from an individual medal (191).
The Cardinal newcomers followed the lead of the veterans and did just what was needed for Boone Central to secure the crown. Freshman Melissa Kyncl had matching 103 rounds to place a steady 40th (206) and sophomore Faith Leetch was 59th among 95 overall competitors (215).
“I am very proud of all the girls for the way they played the entire season,” Walters added. “Especially the way they came back after finishing second at district. With Britany and Amy playing the way they did in the 1-2 spots, it allowed the other three girls to play steady golf in the other positions – something they did all season.
“It takes five, because when somebody’s down, someone else has to pick up the slack.”
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